This is one of the better mystery/comedies here at IA. First off, the names are funny: radio station WGAB, Steenie MacCorkle (Played by gorgeous Nan Grey, who has the same vacant look in the eyes as that of Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse of True Blood
. Neither are dumb blondes.), Caesar Kluck, the first murder victim, and Finney Fish who talks on the phone to a sponsor, Mr. Fatsnapple, at the beginning of the movie.
The humor continues through a fast, wisecracking first act. The pace slows a little afterward, but the dialog stays bright. The hero was a little too observant for me to believe. There were the usual red herrings, a gangster, but no dumb cops. This wasn't a mystery that can be figured out, and there wasn't anyone left at the end I wanted to suspect. The ending itself seemed to fizzle.
The movie has a good cast, led by Donald Woods, a character actor I remember from the movie 13 Ghosts
and many TV appearances in the 1950s and '60s. He and Nan Grey (aka Nan Gray) play well enough off one another. Other solid actors present are Berton Churchill (Kluck), seen in http://www.archive.org/details/Black_Raven_movie"
rel="nofollow">The Black Raven
, and in small parts, Lee J. Cobb and Johnny Arthur (who was very funny in http://www.archive.org/details/the_ghost_walks"
rel="nofollow">The Ghost Walks
I downloaded the 775MB AVI file. Video was Ok, audio was fine.